‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’-famous hot dog chain plots expansion into North Carolina, other markets

A hot dog chain owned by a “Real Housewives of Atlanta” fiancé will significantly expand its reach in the next three months.

The Original Hot Dog Factory, based in Smyrna, Georgia, is planning to open 15 restaurants across the United States within 90 days, according to a news release. The chain will add five outposts in metro Atlanta as well as locations in Charlotte, Raleigh, Houston, Detroit, Philadelphia, New York and Birmingham, Alabama.

The Original Hot Dog Factory currently operates three restaurants. Two are in Atlanta — the Smyrna original and a second establishment downtown near Georgia State University — and the third is in Philadelphia.

The Smyrna location opened in 2010 and rebranded in 2015. Dennis McKinley of “RHOA” and “Porsha’s Having a Baby” fame owns the chain. The Original Hot Dog Factory has been featured numerous times on the Bravo series.

The chain’s menu features and extensive selection of hot dogs that represent specific locations or cuisines. For example, the Chicago dog is a beef hot dog topped with tomatoes, a pickle spear, sport peppers, sweet relish, onions, mustard and celery salt on a poppy seed bun. The Detroit Coney dog is a beef hot dog topped with chili, shredded cheese and chopped onions.

“At the Original Hot Dog Factory, we offer a wide variety of mouthwatering hot dogs that will make you ask for more,” McKinley said in a prepared statement. “We are looking forward to sharing this deliciousness all over the country.”

The Original Hot Dog Factory is currently offering franchise opportunities to qualified candidates across the country. To qualify, candidates must have a provable net worth of at least $100,000 and liquid assets of at least $40,000. Franchisees must be willing to sign agreements for single- or multi-unit development of no fewer than three stores within two years.

“With economy cranking back up, we are seeking experienced single or multi-unit franchisees to acquire and develop locations in shopping areas, colleges and more,” McKinley said. “We bring strong financials and a culture that promotes community and great eating.”